March 22, 2018      12:30pm -2:00 pm

United Nations Church Center

777 UN Plaza, New York, NY

Our presentation for the United Nations Commission on Status of Women UNCSW focuses on an Alternative Approach for Empowering Women and Girls in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention through innovative community agricultural practices. Our approach is called a Restorative Rural Agricultural Development (RRAD). The programme focuses on women and girls’ leadership for rebuilding communities through healing and engagement combined with agricultural practices that comprise a purpose of fostering sustainable and resilient communities for an enduring peace.

Restorative rural agricultural development builds from the necessity for healing and for rebuilding of relationships, communities and societies after conflict, violence and extreme poverty. Its goals are transformational with objectives of community reconciliation, sustainability, and resilience.

Draft Agenda

Ms. Sahar Alsahlani, Al-Khoei Foundation

Ms. Yvonne Lodico, Founder, Grace Initiative

Mr. Neil Pierre UN DESA (tbc) Moderator
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Head of Iraqi Delegation UN CSW

Iraq’s Strategy for rural women and girls
Ambassador Isaiah Chabala,

former Permanent Representative to the UN.

Rural Women and Girls in Zambia
Ms.  Jessica Scott, UN SDG Academy

Yale BlueGreen

Yale Alum for Non-Profit Alliance

(YANA New England)

Vermont goals for in inclusive rural   sustainable development
Representative Amy Sheldon


Legislative initiatives for inclusive, sustainable development.
Ms. Heidi Lynch

Vermont Farmers

Food Center

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), as a provider of health care.
Ms. Amy Frost

Circle Mountain Farm

CSA’s as a facilitator for Social Justice
Ms. Yvonne Lodico Q/A Conclusion